The competition is only open to people between 18-34 years-old and resident in UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark or the Netherlands. Does this apply to you
Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?
I have a strong academic, professional and personal interest in sustainability. In my academic life I hold a Bachelors Degree in Manufacturing Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Management Practices and a Masters in Sustainable Development. During a brief period where I was looking for work I undertook upskilling, environmental FETAC Level 5 classes in ‘Permaculture Design’, ‘Sustainable Garment Construction, ‘Artisan Food Production’, ‘Start Your Own Green Business’ and a module in ‘Introduction to Planning for Sustainability’ from the Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability Masters from BKIT in Sweden. My professional work includes working as a waste management engineer, wind energy development engineer, environmental educational facilitator and lecturer and sustainability consultant. I wrote and deliver an environmental education workshop a number of times a year in primary schools, I am currently writing a class for secondary schools and community groups. I also try and bring sustainability in to my personal life through general day to day duties, cooking, crafts, using (and selling) homemade and natural body products. I was part of the Ben & Jerrys Climate Change College in 2007 which brought me to the climate change camp in Rotterdam and last week I was one of the Irish testers for one of the new Ben & Jerrys core flavour (maybe not an environmental activity but still yummy). My entrepreneurial experience stretches from a Christmas stall selling homemade body scrubs and bath salts. I put the ingredients and recipe on the label for full transparency and I encouraged people to use the batch they bought, make a new batch and give them as a present. As part of a British Council project in conjunction with 5 others I wrote an ebook and puppet show aimed at children teaching them about climate change, this will be released at easter.